Friday, June 29, 2018

Sea of Textures ~ Watercolor Smoosh

Hi Everyone! I thought I would share a card I made this week for a Swap I am participating in.  I used the new Sea of Textures stamp set and coordinating dies.  When you buy the stamps and dies together as a bundle, you save 10%!

I really love the dies with this set, they have several extras, such as sand-dollars and a new, some coral and sea grass.  Really fun for cards and scrapbook pages.

I love to watercolor, so I decided to make an interesting background with the watercolor smoosh technique. 
I used the new Granny Apple Green and Balmy Blue inks, as well as Night of Navy.
This technique is simple to do and gives a fun background.  Check out the video to see it step by step.

 I hope that you will give this technique a try! And when you do, let me know about it.  Chat with me on my Facebook page at Beth's Paper Cuts!

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Stampin' Blends are back in stock!

I am so happy to be able to tell you that the Stampin' Blends are back in stock! YAY!  They even added some fun new colors to the collection!
New colors include:
Call Me Clover
Flirty Flamingo
Lovely Lipstick
Mint Macaron
Petal Pink
Poppy Parade
Pineapple Punch
Soft Sea Foam
Highland Heather
Granny Apple Green

I love using the Stampin' Blends, and I think you will too!  Pair them with the new Stained Glass Vellum paper "Graceful Glass" for a beautiful look! 
Click here to shop the Stampin' Blends collection.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018


Yippee! There's a new Join Promotion!  I love when there is a join promotion because I love sharing Stampin' Up! with fellow crafters and I truly feel that there is nothing at all to loose and so much to gain by joining Stampin' Up!  You can join and from day one you are getting a deal, so when there is a join promotion, it's just icing on the already iced cake!   Have you ever placed an order for around $100?  probably right?  Well to join, you just need to place an order of $99 but you get to choose $125 worth of ANY products in the catalog. And it ships FREE!  So right off the bat you save, but starting July 1st though the 31st you will get a FREE ink pad collection on top of the $125 worth of products!!! You can choose from 5 ink pad collections, including one with the new InColors!  and maybe you will have a few of the colors in the collections, but FREE is good! and you can always use another ink pad or use them as give-a-ways to friends who stamp with you or at a workshop should you choose to work Stampin' Up! as a business. 
Now let's talk about that 'work it as a business' thing.  A common question I get is "If I am a demonstrator, will I have to 'Demonstrate' ?"   The answer is no.  You can be your only customer. And honestly, you never have to make another purchase again after the starter kit.  There are no forced orders, no automatic shipments, nothing. Yes, I will email you and say you haven't placed an order in a while, and I will ask if you are planning on dropping. And you can say you have enough stamps and ink and are done, and I will say OK, I get it, and hope you feel free to contact me again if ever you nee any further stampy stuff.   That's it!   But if you do want to work it as a business, I can help you with that as well. I can help you set up a blog or Facebook page, tell you how I make videos, and answer any questions you may have. 
The Christmas Catalog is just around the corner, so joining now will give you advance looks and purchasing power on new products, and discounts for the busiest time of year!  You start off with a 20% discount and that amount can grow when you meet sales targets if you choose to.
Demonstrators get access to online websites full of ideas and help on a Stampin ' Up! website called Stampin' Connections, and a couple Facebook pages where we share project ideas and business tips. 
I have a team page as well and am happy to answer any questions.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have, 
Start looking through the current product offering and see what items you would put in your starter kit.  Remember, choose $125 worth of products and just pay $99 plus tax, the kit ships FREE and then choose your FREE ink pad collection as well!  Then, on July 1st, click the Join my team button under my blog header and get started!! You wont regret it!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Father's Day Tiny Treat Box Favors

 Hi Everyone!  If you have been a blog follower for awhile you know that I make a lot of party favor type projects.  Today I am sharing a cute little life preserver treat holder with Lifesaver candies inside. 
These use the Tiny Treat Boxes and they are just such a cute size, 2 x2x2 inch boxes.  And not too big that it costs a fortune to fill them up.  I was able to get 10 wrapped lifesavers in each one.

I used the 'Happy' and 'Father's Day' stamps from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set. This is a great stamp set to have on hand as it has so many little words to mix and match for many occasions.

The 'You're a Lifesaver' comes from the March Paper Pumpkin kit.  I want to do a little ad for the paper Pumpkins right now!  They are so great because each month you get some pre-designed cards or treat holders or some combination of the two, and all the supplies needed to make them, but then once all that is done, you still have the stamp set and ink spot to use again and again.  Your stamp collection will thank you. I am always going to my Paper Pumpkin stamps for just the right sentiment.  And ink spots are great for inking up word stamps and not getting them all inky from the big pads, or for inking up a stamp on your Stamparatus!   You should definitely look into signing up for Paper Pumpkin. Click the link to the right or contact me for more information. 
I made a quick video for how to make the cute life preserver.

The Tiny Treat Boxes are great, consider keeping some around!  Here is a past favor I made with them, filled with citrus truffles from Lindt.

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Using Decorative Masks with Bleach

 Hi Everyone! Today I would like to share some cards I made while playing around with  the Decorative Masks and Bleach.  I used bleach on  a card a very long time ago and I figured it was time to do it again.  Of course as soon as I got it into my head to try it, I realized I was out of bleach.  So, the next time I was out at the store I picked up a bottle and later sat down to use it.  I got everything out and ready, cardstock cut and applied the bleach with a sponge.  I thought I would see instant change as I remembered happening before, but nothing happened.  The cardstock looked wet, but it did not change color.  I waited a bit to see if it would change eventually, but no.  Then I noticed something on the bottle of bleach.  'Color Safe'   What?!? How did I not know about color safe bleach?  I was so surprised. I am always so careful about dealing with bleach near the laundry for fear of splashing any on fabric.  Now my laundry is safe, but I couldn't do my craft project.  Next time I was at the store, I looked more carefully at the bleach and bought one that is called 'Splash-less'.  It is a bit thicker to reduce the chance of splashing and accidentally ruining my clothes! And, It is not color safe so I can do my craft projects! YAY!
I finally got to do the card that was floating around in my head for weeks.  The way the bleach reacts to cardstock is different from one color to the next, so try it out on a scrap piece first.  Notice how lime-yellow the Tranquil Tide cardstock turns.  The Balmy Blue turned a soft not quite white/not quite ivory color. I made a short video with tips and tricks to the cards.
My cards use Oh So Eclectic stamps and dies, I love the layering possibilities with this collection.  The sentiment is from Love What You Do.  I hope you like this idea and give it a try. 

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Broadway Bound with Paper Pmpkin!

Hi Everyone!  We have been given a little insight into what this months Paper Pumpkin kit will look like!  It is said to be a great companion to the Broadway Bound suite of products from the annual catalog!  You do not need to have the Broadway Bound suite, but it's just that the stamps and pieces of the kit are a great set to have with this suite!  Here is a photo of the suite of products in the annual catalog! I love the bold colors and gold accents.  And we all need birthday sets!

To get the June Paper Pumpkin kit you need to subscribe or order by June 10th.  You can buy a one time kit, a 3, 6 or 12 month prepaid subscription (when you pre-pay all at once you save $1 a month on the 6 months or buy 11 get the 12ths free on the 12 month prepaid plan) , or do a monthly pay as you go subscription.  Click the Paper Pumpkin icon to the right to subscribe on the pay as you go monthly subscription, or go to my web store by clicking Shop Stampin' Up! under my blog header to shop for the 1, 3, 6 or 12 month prepay.  You can also add some items from the Broadway Bound collection to your order.  You earn Stampin' Rewards on orders over $150 and frequent buyer rewards too!
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have!

Here are some products you may want to add:

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Guest tutorial writer ~ Coffee Painting

Hi everyone.  I was honored to be asked once again to make a tutorial for SplitcoastStampers, one of my all time favorite websites! This time they asked me to make a tutorial for a card I made a few years back where I painted with coffee!  I love painting with coffee, maybe it's the smell that it gives off while I work or just that it's my favorite drink, but it's a fun idea and people get a kick out it when they receive a coffee painted card, so I just love doing it.  I hope that you will give it a try.  

You can find my tutorial here at the SplitcoastStampers website.  There are step by step instructions as well as a video that I made.
If you do give it a try, please add your creation to the gallery, I would love to see it! 
My tutorial card uses a stamp called Coffee Cafe by Stampin' Up!.   I also made another card by just painting free hand.

I hope you enjoy the tutorial, leave me some love if you check it out!